North Coast food festival showcases region’s colours and flavours

The North Coast Food Festival – Sample – A Taste of Northern NSW – has Australia’s regional food capital buzzing with excitement. The festival, on September 10 at the Bangalow Showground, shares the unique food produce, restaurants and creativity of the NSW Northern Rivers.

A range of produce, health and lifestyle stalls will fill the Bangalow Showgrounds. Twenty two restaurant marquees will serve $5.00 and $10.00 tasting plates between 9:00am and3:00pm, with the best of these greeting the four Sample judges – Joanna Savill, Barbara Sweeney, Belinda Jeffery and Steven Snow – for the test of who will win the prestigious Golden Fork Award.

For only $5.00 festival goers can tuck into Coconut pannacotta with vanilla, pineapple compote and local wild fingerlimes from Katrina Kanetani at Satiate in Bangalow. Or Char grilled local squid, Hayters Hill chorizo and wild rocket with roasted red pepper coulis from Monique Guterres-Harrison from Seaweed Cuisine Byron Bay.

Cooking and lifestyle demonstrations will be held throughout the day, including Simon Grigalius from My Restaurant Rules, Gavin Hughes from The Byron at Byron Resort and Phil Dudman and Julie Ray sharing garden to kitchen tips.

Non-stop live entertainment from Byron’s best bands and performers will fill the air.

Leah Roland from the Bangalow Cooking School will be joined by Perry Hill, Phil Dudman and Julie Ray to deliver exciting cooking classes for both young aspiring cooks and adults. A class for 9 – 16 years will be held at 10:30am ($50), with the adults class commencing at 12:30pm ($90).

Eight of the region’s top Chefs will gather at The Byron at Byron Resort at night to prepare the Sample Gala Dinner for 150 guests, where the winners of the Golden Fork Award will be announced. Chefs include Katrina Kanetani, Perry Hill, Joe Griffin and Gavin Hughes.

Sample Food Festival, Saturday 10th September, 9:00 – 3:00 Bangalow Showground. Entry is free.

Stay at The Byron at Byron Resort – $990 for two nights for two people including two tickets to the Gala Dinner and breakfast daily. or 1300 554 362

For further information including interviews and images please contact Caroline Desmond
02 66875674  0415 499429

Festival enquiries including cooking class bookings 0414 925 811 or

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